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. >>> from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, this is "early start weekend." new activity on syria's chemical weapons and the heightened fear they may fall into the wrong hands. >>> aurora, penn state and, of course, newtown. we countdown the top ten biggest crimes of 2012. >>> "time" magazine named president obama person of the year, but do you know who their reader's choice was? you might be surprised. >>> it is sunday, december 23rd, good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >>> we begin with breaking news. the brutal gang rape of a woman is sparking protests in india. protesters chanting "we want justice" in new delhi. the 23-year-old was attacked on a bus last weekend. cnn has learned that a journalist has been killed in demen strags today and we'll bring you much more on this as soon as we get it. >>> now, to a tearful ending and a new beginning in connecticut. flags will be raised to full staff today for the first time since the shooting at sandy hook elementary school. this comes just after the final three funerals for the victims of that tragedy. emilie parker, josephine gay. all littl
and cemented in september of 2010. >>> overseas now where syria is bracing for even more bloodshed after one of its bloodiest days yet in 21 months of civil war. opposition activists say more than half were gunned down in a mass execution. let's go to cnn's mohammed jamjoom. >> after regime forces won a battle, activists say that then servel people there were rounded up and that they were executed by shooting, by stabbing. we've spoken to doctors in that area that said they looked at bodies after this alleged massacre and other activists who say that at least 200 people were killed as a result of this massacre. we've seen video on syrian state tv showing bodies there on the ground, the syrian government for its part is saying that there was a battle in this area that they went in, that they captured and killed numerous terrorists. we should add that terrorist is the term that the syrian government uses to describe rebel opposition fighters. particularly gruesome. we're talking about a death toll that was reported yesterday of at least 397 people. that's according to the local coordination co
. >>> in syria the military police chief has defected from president assad's government. this video shows a man identified as the official. i want you to take a listen. >> translator: i announce my defection from the regime and joining the peoples revolution because the syrian military has strayed from the core mission in protecting the homeland to become nothing but an armed gangs that kill and destroy cities and villages carrying out massacres that came out demanding freedom and dignity. >> pretty strong words. this would be one of the highest level defections in the 21 months they've been fighting. the prime minister and general were close to al assad and they also left the regime in recent months. first of all, tell us, this guy, i mean he essentially says they're thugs going after their own people. this seems pretty significant. >> reporter: well, that's right. he's identified on this tape as the general. aside from the video, we spoke with officials from the free syrian army today. they confirmed to us and helped this man escape syria and he's now in turkey. they say it's significant beca
. also, president obama comes back from hawaii for the year's final showdown with congress. >>> and syria's government unleashes its most sophisticated weapons of the war. missiles from iran. we'd like to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm candy crowley and you're in "the situation room." >>> i want to begin with a crisis you probably don't know is coming and, of course, is just about to hit. barring a last minute deal, union dock workers at more than a dozen major ports will go on strike this weekend. meaning just about everything we buy, from clothes to cars, can't be unloaded. the strike would impact 14 port along the eastern seaboard in gulf coast, including the port of baltimore and that's where we find cnn's brian todd live. the potential impact of this is pretty big. >> reporter: it's huge, candy. right here, this is one of the most crucial ports for commerce in this region. the sieger terminal. you can see massive container ships sitting in port. this is the port terminal with the bustling operations, containers still
>>> nbc news correspondent richard engel explains what happened after he was kidnapped in syria for five days. good evening. i'm doreen gentzler. >> i'm jim vance. our top story at 6:00 tonight students went back to the classroom in newtown, connecticut. while more families laid more victims to rest. in the words of one high school senior, there's going to be no joy in school today. meanwhile, one elementary school in town did not open after the school received some sort of threat. the district was not taking any chances. also, as the morning continues the focus now turns to gun control. today the white house says president barack obama is actively supportive of efforts on capitol hill to reinstate an assault weapons ban. nbc's jay gray joins from us connecticut with more on the young lives buried way too soon. >> reporter: yeah, good to talk to you. as you talk about another rough day. first graders from sandy hook elementary all gathered again to lay to rest two more of their classmates while students from other schools here went back to class for the first time since the trag
before you switch. visit today. >>> another deadly bakery bombing in syria. nine people today are dead including six children killed in an air raid while waiting for bread. it is the second attack on hungry civilians in as many days. one of the most shocking single events of this conflict. syrian warplanes dropping bombs on a bakery in hama province. the aftermath here, more than 100 killed while waiting in line. this amid reports six rebel fighters died after inhaling white gas. we're not sure what it is. the opposition says canister bombs were thrown at dissidents in the embattled city of homs. mohammed jamjoom joins me from beirut and lakhdar brahimi met with syria's president. before we get to that meeting, let's talk about the bakery bombings, the opposition is saying essentially once a town is, quote, liberated and taken over by rebels, the government's dropping bombs on lines of civilians waiting for bread on purpose in order to terrorize themohammed. >> reporter: that's right. the syrian government is saying that as of yet what happened was the work of terrorists
to end the civil war in syria. now, remember, both russia and china have blocked u.n. attempts to force out the assad regime. now the russians say they are willing to meet with the syrian opposition. it could open the door for real u.n. action on the ground, action that could mean american involvement. we've got more details in a live report in just a minute. >>> but also, russia's president formally saying no to americans who want to adopt russian children. it is a heartbreaking development for hundreds of americans who are trying to adopt children from russian orphana orphanages. that is happening right now. president vladimir putin signed the adoption ban today. sadly, more than 50 americans who were in the final stages of adopting russian children, they are not going to be able to. and while those families certainly hoping that they're going to allow these adoptions to go through, the country's child rights commissioner says that those kids are going to stay in russia. so why are the russians doing this? the ban is considered a payback of sorts for an american law that was passed tw
and international envoy to syria are warning that syria's civil war is threatening the fragile stability of the mideast. u.n. arab league envoy rahimi met with russian foreign minister lavrov in moscow today. they're trying to bring the regime and rebels to the bargaining table. >> you know, the only alternative is really help for political process. then we have got all of us to work ceaselessly for particular causes. it is difficult. it is very complicated. but there is no other choice. >> but despite the international appeal for a peaceful political transition, fighting continues to rage in syria. syrian opposition activists say at least 88 people have been killed just today. >>> the senate has approved a bill extending secret eavesdropping overseas. the measure is headed to president obama who's expected to sign it. cnn's brian todd takes a closer look at the controversial foreign surveillance act. >> reporter: he ordered it just after 9/11, and it became one of the most controversial tactics used by former president george w. bush and his security team to fight the war on terror. the
failure. >>> there are signs that russia may be finally changing its position on syria. lisa sylvester is monitoring that and other stories in "the situation room." what have you got? >> this could be a significant development. syria's civil war rages on and the death toll rises. russia has officially invited the head of syria's opposition for talks. the invitation comes despite russia's criticism of the u.s. and other nations that recognize the syrian national coalition as the country's legitimate representative over president bashar al assad. >>> and an historic drought in america's midwest is threatening navigation and commerce of the mississippi river. sharply lower water levels and ice that is slowing water flow could disrupt critical barge traffic. contractors are working to remove rock formations in an effort to maintain a deep channel. >>> and america's population growth is slowing down. the government says it's due to lower birth rates during the economic recession and lower immigration numbers. as we start the new year, there will be 315 million people in the united states. t
a double agent, loyal to extremists, blew himself up. >>> syria's military police chief has defected. recording a video that aired on arab tv network, announcing he is defecting because the syrian army is no locker acting in the spec interest of the people. the decision follows two brutal attacks on hungry civilians standing in bread lines and comes at a time when rebel forces are said to be making gains over government troops over control of major cities. >>> andruw jones, free on bone this morning after being arrested outside atlanta on christmas on a battery charge. the gwinnett county detention center tells us there was a domestic dispute with his wife. the center fielder won ten straight gold gloves with the braves. played with the new york yankies last year and recently signed with a team in january pan. >>> shinzo abe has been elected prime minister. he held the same position six years ago but resign because of health problems. he helped his party dominate elections last month. he promised to revive the economy and create a recovery plan for last year's earthquake, tsunami and
a major blow to the government of syria. the general of military police appeared on television last night and announced he was defecting and joining the rebels. while dozens of generals have left since the crisis started in march of last year he is one of the highest ranking officers to abandon the government. senate taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing outside a united states base in afghanistan. officials say a car bomb went off at the gates of camp chapman. it killed a security guard and two drivers. it injured six civilians. the base has been targeted by attacks in the past. >>> egypt has a new constitution. the president signed it into law. more than ten million voted to support it but more than two thirds did not participate. critics say it passed to quickly. human rights watch said it protects some rights but undermines others. >> russia's president could soon decide if americans should be ban from adopting russian children. the government voted in favor of such a ban. russian activists say it deprives children of the chance to leave orphanages. it's a response
defection. lisa sylvester is monitoring that. >> well, syria's military police chief reportedly has fled to turkey on a scooter after plotting his escape for three weeks. in a video posted online, a man purporting to be the police chief accuses the government of carrying out massacres of innocent civilians and he says the military is nothing but armed gangs that kill. he says is he defecting to, quote, join the people's revolution. and the recovery in the housing market remains on pace. home prices rose 4.3% in october over last year, that is it the biggest percentage increase in more than two years. near record low mortgage rates and fewer foreclosures are helping spur sale which is in turn is boosting prices. and the world's longest high speed rail line is up and running and it's in, where else, china. the 1428 mile line spans more than half the country linking the capital of beijing to the southern chinese bloom city. trains will run at 186 miles per hour. >>> and civil rights icon nelson mandela has been discharged from a south africa hospital. 94-year-old former president will conti
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on syria with his egyptian counteren part today. russia is also reaching out to a syrian opposition leader to hold the meeting. >>> the florida man known as the dinosaur smuggler is facing 17 years in prison. eric pricopi pleaded guilty to illegally buying and selling whole or partial dinosaur skeletons and slipping them through u.s. customs. sentencing is scheduled for april. the remains are being returned to mongolia. >>> a new year's resolution for drivers in chicago, use the l, because starting january 1st the city will have the most expensive parking meter rates in north america. how expensive? $6.50 per one hour in the loop. it will be the fifth year in a row that the city's meter rates have gone up. >>> the massacre at sandy hook elementary school got a lot of teachers thinking, what would they do if they found themselves in that same situation and a debate has exploded over whether arming educators is the answer. this is utah, hundreds of people attended a free gun training class especially tailored to teachers and other school employees, some of them already are sold on this idea,
to a democratic congressman about how she thinks we can stop the talling off the fiscal cliff. >>> in syria's capital, damascus, two bombs, ten dead. one a car bomb exploded in a damascus neighborhood, the other a shelling at a bakery in a suburb. syrian state tv calls it a terrorist explosion. >>> bp agreed to pay up for its role in one of the worst oil spills in history and now a judge has signed off on it. they settled for an estimated $7.8 billion the money to go to thousands of businesses and people affected by the spill. they pled guilty last month for the explosion that killed 11 people. >>> millions of us are getting ready to travel for the holidays and are already on the road. the bad news, if you're driving, gas prices just hit a speed bump. after falling for most of last month, the average price per gallon is up 1.2 cents to $3.24. the good news, that it's about the same price it was a year ago. >>> drivers in the middle of the country also have to deal with this. take a look at cleveland, ohio. as a major winter storm raced through there yesterday. the day before, the blizzard l
that they were, quote, just looking for bread. meantime, an international peace envoy for syria who just wrapped up fresh talks with president bashar assad said that the two had discussed taking, quote, many steps to help end the violence. ♪ gregg: back in washington, d.c., anxiety is rising over a plan to avert spending cuts and big tax hikes by january 1. the growing number of lawmakers say they are deeply skeptical that a deal can be reached in the next seven days, and we're beginning to hear new reports suggesting the president may have a smaller deal in mind, one that will keep tax rates where they are and, again, put off the issue of spending cuts. chris stirewalt, fox news digital politics editor, host of "power play" on, chris, good to see you. i was reading your recent column, i want to put a portion of it up on the screen, and i'll quote you: gregg: explain what you mean. >> a cheerful christmas thought, gregg. [laughter] merry, merry. no, when we look back at 2012, if you take a minute and look back at the arc of this year in politics, what you saw was the smallest -- it
supported limited military intervention in syria, something the president has resisted. over his 30-year career, kerry has built deep relationships with many foreign leaders. >> there are very few people in our country with greater experience over a longer period of time in foreign policy than senator kerry. >> reporter: perhaps kerry's biggest challenge to date is not his confirmation hearings on capitol hill, but rather following in hillary clinton's footsteps who has become one of the most popular officials in the obama cabinet, both here and abroad. katebolduan, cnn, washington. >>> up next hour, we'll talk to wolf blitzer about the multiple names being floated as kerry's replacement in the u.s. senate, including actor and humanitarian ben affleck. >>> calls and e-mails to the hot line of autism speaks have gone up 130% since last week's shooting in newtown. coming up next, we'll talk to dr. sanjay gupta who will join me in studio to explain asperger's and address, apparently, all the questions that are out there now. oh, let me guess --ou see this? more washington gridlock. no, it's
.com. these stories are trending now on the web. the crisis in syria is getting worse, according to russia's top diplomat. the foreign minister says fighting is becoming more sectarian and more violence. 364 people died in fighting today alone. both men called for a transition from the al assad government. russia seems to be backing off its strong support for that regime. >>> police in los angeles have arrested comic cat williams for allegedly en dangering his four children. that according to tmz. police found guns and drugs in the house, calling them a safety hazard. the children are in protective protect. williams posted bail and walked out of jail. >>> and yoko ono is finally having her say about the longstanding question over the beatles' break-up. she blames paul mccartney, period. the beatle of john lennon says the others just did not like it. >>> after the school shooting in newtown, it seems like everyone wants to do something to help this grieving community. now they'll get some help from these therapy horses. magic and wakota are two specially trained mini horses from a gainesville, fl
of the munchkins, michael steele. >> absolutely. pass the doughnuts. >> we start with syria, a country coming apart at the seams. president obama a couple days ago making a fairly remarkable statement that we are now with the opposition despite the fact that we don't know exactly who the opposition is. >> we're with the oppositions in the plural. it's a very splintered opposition. coalition's almost too good of a word. the united states has thrown in its political lot with them. militarily things are beginning to tilt increasingly in the direction of the opposition against the government. we saw now the government is shooting off scud missiles, old ballistic missiles which are essentially terror weapons. you shoot them off, you don't know where they'll come down. some come down in civilian areas. they're not militarily significant, but this is the beginning of a slow end game. >> richard, i was just going to ask, what is assad's end game, and should he not be contacting the russians right now saying in russian, guys, get me the hell out of here? >> that day is going to come. the russians can accele
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